Is It Time for Breast Implant Revision?
Posted November 30, 2023 in Breast Surgery
Many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery will initially assume that it is a one-time procedure and that their results will last permanently. As great as that sounds, it is unfortunately not the case. Breasts change as bodies age. Breast implants themselves are also not designed to last a lifetime, so it should be expected that you’ll need to have breast revision at some point if you’re getting a breast augmentation.
Reasons for Breast Implant Revision
Breast revision is meant to improve the results of a prior breast augmentation due to any physical changes the breasts have undergone over time or to align with the patient’s personal preferences.
Complications with breast implants can happen at any point after a breast augmentation. Some common complications include capsular contracture, implant rupture or leaking, and implant displacement. Capsular contracture happens when scar tissue around the implant begins to contract, which causes discomfort as well as changes to the aesthetic appearance. Implant rupture is when silicone implants tear, resulting in the implant contents being able to leak inside one’s body. If the implant moves around and leaves the breast pocket, that is considered implant displacement.
It’s essential to understand that complications can still occur even with following your surgeon’s recovery instructions and proper care. While you may not be able to prevent complications, some signs to look out for are breast asymmetry, breast lumps, implant position changing, and any pain in the breasts. If you’re experiencing any of these things, contact your surgeon immediately.
Changing the Size of Breast Implants
Sometimes, people change their minds and may decide that they would like their implants to be a smaller or larger size. The size of your implants can be changed during breast revision by removing and replacing the previous ones. There is no required time to wait between an initial breast augmentation and exchanging the implants, but you do need to wait for your body to fully heal and recover from the first surgery before any additional procedures.
Desire to Remove Implants
While many women are fully satisfied with their breast augmentation results, some may desire to go back to their natural breasts. If this is the case, then you can get your breast implants removed permanently.
What Are My Options for Breast Implant Revision?
Breast revision is highly personalized based on the aesthetic and results you desire.
- Permanent Implant Removal: your surgeon will take out the implants and tighten the breast pocket before closing the incisions
- Removal & Replacement: your surgeon will take out the old implants and replace them with new ones
- En bloc capsulectomy: removes the scar tissue and the breast implant in one piece
In addition to your breast revision options, you may consider different procedures to enhance your results. Breast lifts are commonly added to breast revisions for those who desire a more lifted, youthful appearance.
For those who want to add extra volume to their breasts without having to get bigger implants, fat grafting may be a great option. Fat grafting takes unwanted fat from areas on the body via liposuction and then transfers that fat to your breasts.